Zotero is a citation management tool. It can be used as a central place to store citations while doing research, as well as to format citations, automatically generate bibliographies, and reformat entire papers into a new citation style.
Right now I'm troubleshooting an issue with Mac users and Academic Search Premier. When one clicks on the icon it doesn't save the citation and brings up an error. I'll keep you posted as I learn more, and figure it out.
To do all these things there are at least 3 things that need to be downloaded:
- Firefox plugin
- Plugin for Word (if you're using a Mac, you'll need to download PythonExt--this information is on the download page
- Create an account at Zotero.org (to enable syncing)
- Download the PDF indexing tool, to make saved copies of PDFs full text searchable (in Zotero in Firefox, click on the gear icon, select Preferences, Search tab, click on the big long button "Download PDF indexer" or something?)
The screencast tutorials are an excellent place to start, or direct students to, if they want to know about specific functionality http://www.zotero.org/support/screencast_tutorials
Downloading Word plugin. Scroll halfway down for the 2.0 Beta plugins (depends on PC/Mac, Operating System, and version of Word) http://www.zotero.org/support/word_processor_plugin_installation
More on PDF Full Text Indexing: http://www.zotero.org/support/pdf_fulltext_indexing
Library's Zotero page: http://www.ecuad.ca/library/research/zotero